importance attached to a thing: to lay stress upon good manners.
Phonetics. emphasis in the form of prominent relative loudness of a syllable or a word as a result of special effort in utterance.
Prosody. accent or emphasis on syllables in a metrical pattern; beat.
emphasis in melody, rhythm, etc.; beat.
the physical pressure, pull, or other force exerted on one thing by another; strain.
the action on a body of any system of balanced forces whereby strain or deformation results.
the amount of stress, usually measured in pounds per square inch or in pascals.
a load, force, or system of forces producing a strain.
the internal resistance or reaction of an elastic body to the external forces applied to it.
the ratio of force to area.
Physiology. a specific response by the body to a stimulus, as fear or pain, that disturbs or interferes with the normal physiological equilibrium of an organism.
physical, mental, or emotional strain or tension: Worry over his job and his wife's health put him under a great stress.
a situation, occurrence, or factor causing this: The stress of being trapped in the elevator gave him a pounding headache.
Archaic. strong or straining exertion.
to subject to stress or strain.
Mechanics. to subject to stress.
to experience stress or worry: Don't stress about the turkey; I promise it will be delicious.Dad is always stressing out over his job.
- stressless, adjective
- stress·less·ness, noun
- an·ti·stress, adjective
- de-stress, verb (used with object)
- non·stress, noun
- o·ver·stressed, adjective
- re·stress, verb
- un·der·stress, noun
- un·der·stress, verb (used with object)
- well-stressed, adjective
- accent, stress
How to use stress in a sentence
These fossils didn’t show the big clusters of dark stress bands.Ancient Lystrosaurus tusks may show the oldest signs of a hibernation-like state | Susan Milius | September 16, 2020 | Science News
In that case, the MRI is a “ghost” of that prior inflammation and stress, she says.College athletes show signs of possible heart injury after COVID-19 | Aimee Cunningham | September 11, 2020 | Science News
For one, if you’re a competitive athlete or bodybuilder that regularly puts a lot of stress on your muscles, BCAAs may help your body recover faster so you can train more often.BCAA supplements can enhance your workout, but should you take them? | Amy Schellenbaum | September 10, 2020 | Popular-Science
Inspiring to read about the hard work, ongoing learning, and level of stress necessary for greatness.Book recommendations from Fortune’s 40 under 40 in tech | Rachel King | September 4, 2020 | Fortune
Ricardo, upon noticing my incessant micromanagement and stress, said, “As a CEO, you need to be the most incompetent person in the room.”The advice that helped this year’s 40 under 40 find their own path | kdunn6 | September 3, 2020 | Fortune
Obsessive exercising and inadequate nutrition can, over time, put people at high risk for overuse injuries like stress fractures.How Skinny Is Too Skinny? Israel Bans ‘Underweight’ Models | Carrie Arnold | January 8, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
Yes, cops are under stress and tension (though their jobs are far less dangerous than normally supposed).
Nor do these studies address the structural and systematic issues that contribute to obesity, such as poverty and stress.
It also means not having to stress about cleaning out your DVR.
Moreover, trucks, dust, and boomtown stress are the effects of any large-scale industrial activity.
Feeling himself irresistibly driven by the sudden stress to some kind of action, he sprang to his feet—and screamed!Three More John Silence Stories | Algernon Blackwood
This description is only imperfect in this point that sufficient stress is not laid on the words fall off.Violins and Violin Makers | Joseph Pearce
Although many British actors and musicians were participants in this theater, it often suffered from financial stress.Hallowed Heritage: The Life of Virginia | Dorothy M. Torpey
They looked over the parapet because that method was more sure and quick, and the stress of the battle was great.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I | Ian Hamilton
It is not necessary to repeat the outlines of his political attitude during the storm and stress of Wallace's memorable struggle.King Robert the Bruce | A. F. Murison
British Dictionary definitions for stress (1 of 2)
special emphasis or significance attached to something
mental, emotional, or physical strain or tension
emphasis placed upon a syllable by pronouncing it more loudly than those that surround it
such emphasis as part of a regular rhythmic beat in music or poetry
a syllable so emphasized
force or a system of forces producing deformation or strain
the force acting per unit area
(tr) to give emphasis or prominence to
(tr) to pronounce (a word or syllable) more loudly than those that surround it
(tr) to subject to stress or strain
informal (intr) to become stressed or anxious
- stressful, adjective
- stressfully, adverb
- stressfulness, noun
British Dictionary definitions for -stress (2 of 2)
indicating a woman who performs or is engaged in a certain activity: songstress; seamstress Compare -ster (def. 1)
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Scientific definitions for stress
The force per unit area applied to an object. Objects subject to stress tend to become distorted or deformed. Compare strain. See also axial stress shear stress. See more at Hooke's law.
A physiologic reaction by an organism to an uncomfortable or unfamiliar physical or psychological stimulus. Biological changes result from stimulation of the sympathetic nervous system, including a heightened state of alertness, anxiety, increased heart rate, and sweating.
The stimulus or circumstance causing such a reaction.
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Cultural definitions for stress (1 of 2)
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